Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

ORDER IN THE TEMPLE


         Order in the Temple

                                      August 31, 2014

 

I Corinthians 3:16-17

 

 

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (I Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV)

 

You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 MSG)

 

 

Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God's temple (His sanctuary), and that God's Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]? If anyone does hurt to God's temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 AMP)

 

The Bible refers to the people of God in many avenues. We are vessels, we are His body, we are salt and light, we are ambassadors of Christ....but no description of us carries more weight than being called His temples.

 

A temple is a destination of honor. It is the cradle of his presence. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant contained those things that represented His countenance on the earth...and so it is as temples. Just as the Ark of the Covenant was considered holy and sanctified, so God has assigned us with the task of containing His glory throughout the age. As vessels of honor we bear His Word and His Spirit inside of us.

 

Being the Temple of God is not a single act of existence, it is a life of dedication and reverence. Proverbs 9:10 tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When wisdom takes root in our lives, it holds together the soil of our faith. Temples are not simply buildings...they are living places. A temple that contains dead things is called a tomb. A temple that contains life is a place of active worship.

 

 

 

 

The Temple of God arouses Worship

 

II Timothy 1:5-7

 

 

when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:5-7 NKJV)

 

As a temple of God, His praise should continually be in your mouth. (Psalm 34:1) The temptation of the flesh is to sleep. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane faced many things as he went there to pray, but the one that was mentioned repeatedly was the disciples’ propensity to slumber. As Temples, we must continually be aware that we have a higher calling than that of the rest of the world.


Our job is to arouse worship in ourselves and in others. Here in First Timothy 1, Paul is admonishing his protégé Timothy that there is a holy heritage inside of him...something that was instilled by both his mother and his grandmother that must not be snuffed out in his life.

 

Paul tells Timothy to “stir up the gift of God” that dwells in him by the laying on of Paul’s hands. Anointing is not simply something to be possessed, it is transferrable. The spirit of God that dwells in us is not something that we are to hoard, but to spread across our domain of influence into every life we come into contact with. Our lives should be a Hebrews 13:15 continual praise. We are to be instigators of Worship in others’ lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Temple of God Houses Worship

 

John 4:21-24

 

 

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24 NKJV)

 

People should see our lives as massive places of worship. We should radiate hope and justice to those needing it. Now this does not mean that we wander dazed through shopping malls with Stepford wife smiles on our faces. One of our strongest attributes should be the ability to radiate our humanity coupled with our humility to yield our ability to love and serve others.

 

In an age where people are rapidly losing respect and hope in the traditional religious system, the last thing Christianity needs is one more gimmick. When worship houses inside of you it emits a beacon to the hopeless and the helpless. We only need to think of the Philippian jailer, who in the dark was terrified of the terrible fate that his superiors would impose upon him for losing control of the prison. When worship took over Paul and Silas the angels showed up and the prison doors fell off, but they also had the opportunity to minister peace to their captor and lead him to Jesus.

 

The woman at the well was dutifully advised by Jesus that it would no longer be a religious system that would bear the honor of carrying the incense of worship before the throne, but that there would now be a new government that would house true praise, true worship, true devotion, and that God would smile upon those who submitted their lives as beacons in the darkness.

 

 

The Temple of God espouses Worship

 

Psalms 150:1-6

 

 

Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalms 150:1-6 NKJV)

 

 

I love Psalm 150; it is the descriptive of a “jailbreak of faith”. Religion brought order to religious services, but it did multiplied centuries of damage to man’s ability to worship The Lord. Instead of putting wings on the feet of believers that they could honor God, it put shackles upon their legs that they might not “get out of line”. 

The purpose of our lives is not to keep the knowledge of God inside four walls and a roof, it is literally to become viral participants in an epidemic of faith. We are to be sneezing hallelujahs and coughing testimonies. We should be sharing our worship contaminated food and drink with a world that has convinced itself that it is healthy and okay.  We should be refusing the inoculations of dead religion and embracing the infections of Holy Ghost. We should be burning with the fever of the fire of God shut up in our bones and we should be breathing in every face we can find to spread this Love of God through infectious worship!

Worship should be pouring out of our lives in words of testimony and prayer. We should be the place where words like impossibility and terminal situation and hopelessness shudder and shake when it hears our voices lift up one more shout of Glory! Hell should rumble when our feet hit the floor in the morning and they should exhale a sigh of relief when we go to bed at night. Worship should flow from our lives like a deep water well. 

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